Bergerac: Desirable Little Residence (BBC-1 24 Jan 1987, with Liz Crowther)

Bergerac Desirable Little Residence

In Desirable Little Residence Susan is helping Carol Miles sell a little bungalow that belonged to her recently deceased grandma. Rather bizarrely, the property, which is on the market for £63,000 seems to attracting rather too much interest. Crooked businessman Nick McVie is willing to pay the most for the property – the bidding ends up at a massive £150,000.

The more Jim finds out about the property the more convinced he is that something is going on. Susan thinks it’s because property developers (who own the land at the back of the row of bungalows) are keen to get hold of the bungalow, Jim isn’t so sure. It turns out that Jim and Susan are both right. Carol Miles has teamed up with Kirk Barnett to try and bump up the price of the bungalow and McVie was determined to get his hands on the bungalow (he owns the other five in the row) to ensure that he is part of the development deal.

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Events take a nasty turn when McVie accidentally lets slip to Susan that he was responsible for Carol Miles’ grandma’s death and takes her hostage.

There is a couple of funny subplots one involving Crozier and soap that keeps going missing from his private stash and more developments in the Peggy – Hungerford romance. Charlie goes around to Peggy’s to help fix her wonky gutters after the builder he arranges for her doesn’t turn up.

It’s a good mix of humour and tense action as the final third sees Susan’s life in danger and almost getting buried alive!

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Bergerac Desirable Little Residence
Charlie and Jim both up a ladder. No… best if you don’t ask.

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 24 January 1987

Writer: Rod Beacham / Production Design: Ken Ledsham / Director: Robert Tronson

Series: Bergerac Season 5 Episode 4

John Nettles as Jim Bergerac
Terence Alexander as Charles Hungerford
Louise Jameson as Susan Young
Sean Arnold as Crozier
Nancy Mansfield as Peggy Masters
Jolyon Baker as Det Con Goddard
Liz Crowther as Carol Miles
George Shane as Nick McVie
Louis Rolston as Don McVie
Richard Graham as Kirk Barnett
Harry Landis as Toby Newsom
Milton Johns as Lonny Rice
Pearl Hackney as Mrs Palmer
Edwin Brown as Mr Palmer
Bernard Krichefski as Tim
Michael Lomax as Workman
Paul Laidlaw as Hotel clerk
Diane Lewis as Receptionist

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